Virtual Reality Skills Training for Health and Safety Executives

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

One of the benefits of Virtual Reality is that a user can be immersed in any kind of environment, and experience a number of different circumstances as if they were actually happening. This is why Virtual Reality is the perfect training to tool for Health and Safety inspections.

Virtual Reality Training is risk-free, but because of how realistically it influences a user’s senses it gives life-like experience. This means that Health and Safety Executives can learn how to manage dangerous situations without their lives being put in danger to gain the experience they need.

For example, a fire can be simulated through a Virtual Reality experience and without the risk of getting burned or inhaling smoke, the trainee can experiment with the different tools required to put out the fire. Other dangers to consider such as electrical cables being present, or needed to evacuate people can also be simulated to ensure the trainee is fully equipped for real life situations.

 

HSE Training is broad and needs to cover a few areas. The type of training covered is dependent on the industry as well as the country in which the company is operating – due to different laws in place for Health and Safety requirements.

Below is an example of the kind of Virtual Reality training that can be done for the mining industry. You will note that the training is customized to the industry and the company.

 

Everything you need to know about Virtual Reality Training

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

There are many benefits to using Virtual Reality to train staff:

  • Time-efficient

It is found that Virtual Reality Training saves time. KFC’s traditional training of kitchen staff took an average of 30 minutes, whereas their Virtual Reality training content takes 10 minutes for staff to complete.

  • Repetitive

Virtual Reality training can be completed as many times as a user may need. This does not require a trainer to be available to host a training session more than once.

  • Easy to monitor

Staff can be assessed through Virtual Reality. Supervisors can evaluate staff progress and pinpoint areas of excellence as well as areas where improvement is required. Staff can also do this for themselves and be active in the direction of their own training.

  • Good Monetary Investment

The hardware for Virtual Reality training can be bought or rented through an agency. Training content is custom-made to fit the existing training modules of the business.

  • Fun

Virtual Reality training is fully immersive and highly interactive. The training can be gamified which creates an objective and reward system that enhances the trainee’s learning experience. Information that is shared in an engaging and entertaining way is more likely to be remembered than traditional textbook and classroom training.